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Gavina leaves Kia coaching post; Dandan takes over

Chris Gavina resigns as Kia's head coach. Denver Lachica (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Kia's "unconventional" brand of basketball takes a new turn come New Year.

Chris Gavina himself confirmed to Dugout Philippines that he is no longer the head coach of Kia.

"Yes, it is true. I have resigned as Kia head coach," Gavina said via text message on Saturday.

Ricky Dandan will replace Gavina for the said post, but the latter said that the former actually began his tenure on Wednesday.

"He took over on our 2nd game," Gavina continued.

Interestingly enough, the de facto debut of Dandan, who already has a pro basketball coaching experience by being the first head coach of the Manila Metrostars in the MBA in 1998, came against Phoenix with Louie Alas, who replaced him as Manila coach the following year and eventually gave the club its one and only title.

Dandan inherits a team that is currently 0-2 in the PBA Philippine Cup and has lost its last 14 games dating back to last season.

With him now out as coach, Gavina, a licensed chemist, can now focus on marketing the product that he formulated, Impakt Energy Drink.

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